Reducing wedding food waste is not the most glamorous of topics to add to your planning list. But when you think about the impact on the planet (and on your budget!) it’s an important one to consider. Especially since a 2017 study found that a tenth of all wedding food is thrown away – that’s equivalent to £500 for an average celebration!
Food is also one of the things guests most look forward to at weddings. Our guests still talk about the amazing pies we had for dessert at our wedding – and that was three years ago (they were made by our amazing wedding venue, South Farm)! But how do you ensure guests are well-fed, whilst minimising wedding food waste?
Well friends, here are 5 ideas to get you started.
When collecting RSVPs don’t forget to ask guests for their dietary requirements. But, as well as asking about food allergies and special diets, why not ask if guests would prefer a smaller portion? Or even if they want to skip the starter or dessert too? This will help you to avoid over-catering. Let your guests know why you are asking, and get them involved in reducing food waste on your wedding day.
If you’re serving meat on your menu, then maybe let guests know in advance what type of meat it will be. Not everyone would think to put themselves down as vegetarian for example, but they might not like lamb. You don’t need to go into detail if you want to keep the final menu a surprise!
Have you thought about how to reduce food waste at your wedding? Let me know any tips I have missed in the comments!
Header image – food and styling: The Curated Kitchen; Flowers: Blue Sky Flowers; Photography: The Brand Studio
Images 1 and 2 – food and styling: The Curated Kitchen; Flowers: Bloomologie; Photography: And Your Story; Planner: Your Wedding Your Way